Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw will not need have offseason surgery on his right hip impingement, instead turning to rehabilitation and medication to alleviate the problems in time for spring training.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti noted that after doing their due dilligence, that surgery was not the best option for the Cy Young winner:
"We talked to the top three hip specialists in the country. We kept gathering information. As the medication started to take over he just started to get better and better."
Colletti also said he is confident in the reports he has gotten that the injury won't be an issue moving forward for Kershaw:
"Things can always come back, but the way it's been described to me there is a really good chance (the hip impingement) won't come back. If it was a for sure thing that it would come back he'd be having surgery today."
Kershaw is just one of a litany of injured Dodgers as Matt Kemp (arthroscopic shoulder surgery) and Kenley Jansen (cardiac ablation surgery) are each expected to go under the knife soon, while Jerry Hairston Jr. (hip) and Scott Elbert (elbow) each recently had procedures done. Carl Crawford is still rehabbing from his August Tommy John surgery as well.
Kershaw finished the season with a 14-9 record, 2.53 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP in 33 starts for Los Angeles, making his case for another Cy Young award this season.